Vacant congressional seat on Saturday's ballot

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Associated Press

Posted on October 18, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 18 at 3:07 PM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Candidates for Louisiana's vacant 5th District congressional seat are spending their final hours pitching themselves to voters and trying to drum up interest for Saturday's election.

Republican state Sen. Neil Riser waved signs at street corners and worked the phone banks. Democratic state Rep. Marcus Hunter went on local TV to talk about his campaign. And Republican Clyde Holloway attended his monthly Public Service Commission meeting before heading back out on the campaign trail.

They are among 14 candidates in the race, which isn't expected to be decided until a November runoff.

The Secretary of State's Office expects the election to draw only one in four voters to the polls, which are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Twenty-four parishes are included in the sprawling 5th District.

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